Concept and Business Planning Phase

All new concepts and ideas must be tested before significant effort is expended in design and development. You should consider engaging students and external expertise from the very start of this process to ensure that the programme is designed in partnership with its key stakeholders. Internally, Programme Management Board will oversee this phase for the University, and the College/School Learning and Teaching/Research Committees will oversee the phase locally at College/School level. The purpose of establishing the Concept is to ensure that ideas are aligned to the University’s strategic priorities for development and growth. All new concepts must be recorded and submitted using the Proof of Concept Form.

Each year the University (centrally and within Colleges/Schools) will review Higher Education Statistical Analysis (HESA) data looking at recruitment trends in Higher Education nationally, along with supporting data and information gathered by the International Development Office. Together, the University has established a Portfolio Development Strategy that is updated regularly to record progress.

In addition, Colleges/Schools may develop and present additional concepts internally, which may be driven by the identification of potential new growth markets, specified by employers or commissioning bodies or raised at Boards of Studies.

The Concept and Business Planning Phase of the process aligns to Guiding Principle 1 and Guiding Principle 2 for Course Design and Development set out in in the Advice and Guidance associated with to QAA UK Quality Code.


Actions Required:
  • Complete Proof of Concept form
  • Seek College Learning and Teaching/Research Committee Approval
  • Seek Programme Management Board Approval

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